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Things to Do in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Grand America Hotel is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, so getting around is easy. A free TRAX tram station is located steps from the hotel that stops in the shopping district.   Many stores, restaurants and attractions are in walking distance.  So much to explore. Click here for a detailed map.


Guided Tours   ► Outdoor Exploration and Adventure   ► Shopping and Dining


CITY TOURS & EXPLORATION
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
Go sightseeing in Salt Lake City with ease on this 4-hour coach tour. You’ll see some of Utah's top urban attractions like the Mormon Trail, Temple Square, Old Deseret Village, the State Capitol Building, Fort Douglas and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Plus, purchase lunch at the Lion House, the former home of pioneer Brigham Young, and take in a live recital at the renowned Mormon Tabernacle. Sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City Visit sites such as Temple Square, the State Capitol Building and Old Deseret Village with your guide Enjoy a live organ recital at the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Have lunch at the Lion House, Brigham Young's former pioneer home. 
 
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
The Great Salt Lake is the saltiest body of water in the Western Hemisphere. Come enjoy this experience by actually going out on the lake rather than just seeing it from the shore. Take a short boat ride around the marina area, hear some stories, history and jokes about the lake.  And of course, you will have time for a good picture or two. There is no swimming on this tour, just sightseeing from the boat.
 
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
You can’t travel to Utah without visiting the Great Salt Lake. Don’t miss the chance to explore the shores one of Utah’s most fascinating natural attractions. On this tour, you’ll experience the unique wonders of this inland sea—and have the chance to float on the lake as well. Packed with insider information and local lore, the bus tour covers a distance of 50 miles (80km) and is lead by an engaging, local guide. Bus tour of the Great Salt Lake in Utah Enjoy an intro to the area from a knowledgeable guide Treat the kids with a fun tour for all the family Take a dip in the Great Salt Lake, if you wish Visit the wetlands habitat to learn about the local birdlife Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service
 
2-Hour Segway Tour of Salt Lake City
Why see the town behind the glass of a bus window when you can get up close? Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced rider, friendly guides will help you see Salt Lake City in a way you’ll never forget.

Salt Lake City Haunted Old Town Tour
Discover the darker side of Salt Lake City on a 1.5-hour tour that explores the mysteries, hauntings, and other paranormal activity in Utah’s capital city. Hear some of the city’s most terrifying legends and visit the oldest buildings in Salt Lake where ghosts sightings are frequent. Attempt your own paranormal investigation by trying out ghost hunting equipment on this tour.
Discover the haunted history of Salt Lake City with a guided ghost tour
Visit haunted mansions, train depots, cemeteries and more
Hear spooky stories of the ghosts that haunt the downtown building
Try to summon the ghosts and test out ghost finding equipment
 
Red Butte Garden and The Natural History Museum of Utah
Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West and, together with the University of Utah, is the state arboretum. The Garden has welcomed guests since 1985 and consists of over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area. All just minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City. The Garden is renowned for plant collections, themed gardens, over 524,000 springtime blooms, gorgeous private rental spaces, a world-class summer concert series, and award-winning horticulture-based educational programs.

Located next to the Garden is the Natural History Museum of Utah.  The Museum’s mission is to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it and do this in the context of the extraordinary landscape of Utah.   Their extraordinary collection features exhibits on:
  • Paleontology
  • Entomology
  • Anthropology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Minerology
  • Botany
  • Malacology
To read more about The Natural History Museum, go to https://nhmu.utah.edu/museum
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OUTDOOR EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE
The Salt Lake City area is known for its natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor adventure.  Here are just a few ideas:  
  • Rattlesnake Gulch: Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Murray, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
 
  • Snowbird Tram and Trails – The Snowbird Tram is open 11am-5pm.  Ride to 11,000 (there is still snow at that elevation!)  Snowbird has numerous trails at different elevations; some with flowers, some still with snow. All of it is breathtaking!  
 
  • Park City, UT – Lots of options adventurers to hike, dine and shop.
   
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SHOPPING & DINING
Those who are not outdoor adventurers can spend the day exploring Salt Lake City’s malls and unique stores. Return to Top